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Near-total lunar eclipse to take place Thursday night

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Posted at 9:55 AM, Nov 18, 2021

MILWAUKEE — You'll see a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic phenomenon if you look to the skies Thursday night.

A near-total lunar eclipse will take place and cause the moon to look blood red from the Earth's shadow.

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According to the National Weather Service, it will be the longest lunar eclipse in 580 years.

The eclipse will last almost three-and-a-half hours.

Those in the Midwest can expect to see the shadow eclipse begin around 12:02 a.m. and then the partial eclipse begins around 1:19 a.m. The partial eclipse will end around 4:47 a.m. and the eclipse will end completely around 6:04 a.m.

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The peak viewing point will be 3:03 a.m. when the eclipse is almost total.

At that point, 95% of the moon will be red in Earth's shadow. A tiny sliver of the moon will still be illuminated.

Look to the western horizon to catch a glimpse.